I have the front loader Affinity Washer. We camp alot and I have small children who sometimes dont make it to the bathroom. The smoke smell and the other smell are not coming out of the clothes when I wash them. I have changed detergents, use a color bleach with no avail. Any suggestions?
There is a filter just before the pump that you can clean out.
To do this:
PREREQUISITE: CAUTION UNPLUG WASHER BEFORE STARTING STEP 1 CAUTION!!!!!!!!
1. CAUTION UNPLUG WASHER BEFORE STARTING STEP 1
Take the back off (oval shaped piece, maybe 6 Philips head screws)
2. on the left (the rght looking from the front of the machine) take the flexible rubber pre molded tube off, it has 3 openings, 2 on top and one on bottom
3. Take the filter out of this pre molded tube and clean it taking notice of how it came out
4. Replace everything the opposite of how it was taken out
This should fix your problem, but you may wan to run one quick load with bleach only just to sanitize the area.
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Leave the door open to allow the tub area to dry after use (both top and front loaders). Front loaders also have a propensity to hold a small amount of water in the rubber door seal. Wiping this up after each use will also help prevent the growth of mould.
Front loaders are known for building up mold and the smell. It’s caused by using liquid detergent which is made from animal fat. Use powder. And use the minimum amount. It’s caused by using fabric softener. Dilute it 50/50 with water. It’s caused by the water remaining in the tub between washes. Leave the door open to allow it to dry. .
The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.
PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.
CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.
LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.
NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.
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The filter on your pump is probably clogged with lint and
stuff. You have to remove the bottom front panel, 3 torx screws
panel will drop and come off. Drain off the excess water from the hose
see.The white filter cover is right in front.
Get yourself a bunch of towels or a good big plastic bag to collect
Unscrew the filter cover and twist the filter out. Clean out all the
put it back in carefully.
Next: You can use Affresh to clean your front loader. Deposits
of soap and other such things can be
stuck around the inside tub of your washer. Try this product, it works
all front loaders. Use hot water with the Affresh pellet with no clothes
run the machine through a cycle.Also
helps with any stagnant water smells. Have you cleaned out your pump
lately.Put the pellet inside the
machine, not in the soap dispenser.
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the washer has a low level of water in it at all times. it will never completely drain out unless you pump it. this is one of the reasons there is such a smell with these washers, i use vinegar in rinse cycle and i use bleach once sometimes twice a month to keep mold and mildew smell away.
Peace, ngafm at your service, How old is the washer? And how long has it been smelling bad?
Some front loaders over the years have had this problem and the worse used to be the Maytag Neptune! This is what I tell my customers to do: Friend, ngfam1 At your service!
It is normal for some frond load washers to have a little water left in the inner tub after the wash finishes!
I do tell my customers to run the washer once a week without clothes and with hot water and 1/4 cup of bleach. And then make sure to do only white clothes directly after wards as not to get a drop of beach water on a colored article of clothing! Then leave the door open after every load when not in use!
If this will not help I would call frigidiare and tell them you must have it replaced that it is affecting your family because of the mold smell! Believe me they will swap it out after all the money you spent on it, you deserve it! BUT REMEMBER MANY people have this problem with some front load machines! if it's not new then perhaps the pump is faulty or the lint is clogging int he pump of the machine!
Let me know what happens! Bless You, please give me a rating before you sign off! ngafm
Solution - MEASURE voltage in outlet with digital meter and if it is not ~115 V or very close do nothing - wait till it gets to norm.
Longer explanation: I had similar problem today. Dryer fine, washer (front loader Affinity 6000) dead. Electric power there. Day before had no electricity for few hours. Turned out to be that this thing is sensitive to voltage. I have now from 101 to 103 volts and it needs something close to 115. I have almost disassembled it but it was hard to do and no manual on web (except to purchase for $15). So, after removing back paned and few screws from front I have turned my attention to my UPS I have for TV - it sometimes would blink with blue diode (means it is starting). I thought why... Then I have luminescent (energy saver) lamps around house and those are not sensitive to voltage so lights are fine. In bathroom however I have halogens and those seemed dim. This time I have looked at my tester again and noticed that it shows ~101.2 volts. So I am taking UPS from my TV and moving it to laundry, plug UPS to outlet, washer to UPS - washer still dead. I unplug UPS from outlet and washer comes alive...
Hope this helps. Orest Dmytryshyn Edmonton, Canada